This week, I was walking from Yonge and Dundas Square down Yonge Street and this was the first time that I came across the former site the William Reynolds Block
, a.k.a. the Empress Hotel. In April 2010, the structure first lost
one of its walls due to neglect. In February, it was badly damaged in a fire
set by an arsonist and subsequently demolished. The loss of the historic building is an unfortunate reminder that architectural heritage is not as valued in Toronto as it should be. Along with the former Empress Hotel, there are a number of historic buildings in the city that are severely neglected, despite the fact that they are designed heritage properties or at least listed in the City of Toronto Heritage Inventory. Let's have a look at some of them.